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Poconostics: Portable Computational Dynamic Posturography for SOT and Balance Training in Clinic and Field Sites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH21P0104
Agency Tracking Number: H211-006-0242
Amount: $250,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA211-006
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-02-18
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2814
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pedram Hovareshti
 (301) 294-5230
Business Contact
 Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution

Providing timely rehabilitation assistance and support to the injured service members can lower the risks of prolonging symptoms, delaying return to duty, and increasing perceived disability; and is crucial to maintaining mobility, survivability, lethality, and adaptability of our US Armed Forces. In addition, determining return-to-duty (RTD) readiness after such injuries is essential for the safety of service members and their unit. The rehabilitation training and RTD readiness assessment require multi-faceted performance assessment, combining screening for vestibular, cognitive, auditory, visual, and musculoskeletal deficiencies. Balance training and identification of postural instability in specific are essential parts of military screening protocols and are recommended as primary measurement tools for RTD decision making. However, the computational dynamic posturography devices and other balance training systems such as Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) are costly, heavy, and their foot print is beyond the space resources of many military clinics. Poconostics is a customizable, portable, and low-cost Computerized Dynamic Posturography and Balance Training System. Based on a platform with effective sensing and actuation mechanisms to deliver perturbations in the anterior-posterior (AP) and mediolateral (ML) planes, as well as other directions, Poconostics is designed to deliver Sensory Organization Tests and balance training in clinics and field environments.

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